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Louise Anne BELL

Louise Anne BELL, British Dressage athlete.

Name Louise Anne BELL
FEI ID 10109580
Gender Female
Date of Birth 23/05/1971
Competing for Great Britain - GBR
Registration Dressage 2019
Last update 03/07/2019
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Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She had her first pony at age seven and began focusing on dressage in 2012.
Why this sport? "I've always loved flatwork, that's why my show horses go so well. So when Horse and Hound [magazine] asked me to take part in a swapping discipline challenge with Michael Eilberg [British dressage rider] I was really keen. But I soon discovered that dressage is a huge undertaking and I had to accept that I didn't know anything and start from scratch."
Club / Team Louise Bell Dressage: Banbury, ENG
Sponsor Saracen Horse Feeds, Amerigo Saddles, Veredus, Espayo
International Debut
Year 2014
Tournament Hartpury CDI
Further Personal Information
Family Husband Robert
Residence Banbury, ENG
Occupation Athlete, Coach, Horse Trainer
Languages English, French
General Interest
Most influential person in career Coach Michael Eilberg. (espayoequestrian.com, 2017)
Hero / Idol German dressage rider Dorothee Schneider. (horseandhound.co.uk, 24 Jan 2019)
Injuries She injured her knee in late 2018. (saracenhorsefeeds.com, 01 Dec 2018) In 2002 she was involved in a road traffic accident and broke her leg in multiple places. (louisebell.co.uk, 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto "If a job is worth doing, it is worth doing well." (Facebook profile, 03 Jul 2019)
Other sports She is a multiple winner of the Supreme Working Hunter title at the Royal International Horse Show. (horsescout.com, 13 Sep 2016)
Famous relatives Her husband Robert Bell is a former elite jumping athlete. (louisebell.co.uk, 2012)
Ambitions To win a medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (horsescout.com, 13 Sep 2016)
Other information BEGINNING She was asked by UK magazine Horse & Hound in 2012 to be part of a feature that swapped 2 riders from different disciplines. She rode a dressage horse belonging to Michael Eilberg, while he rode one of her working Hunters. She was hooked on the sport and began training with Michael on her successful working hunter horses and quickly qualified through the novice ranks that year. (Athlete, 2018) DRESSAGE LOVE A former hunter champion, she now focuses most of her attention on dressage. "I get as much buzz out of dressage as jumping, if not more, and love doing things such as one-time changes. I guess I'm addicted to the training and the special bond it creates, probably because of the hours you have to put in. There's so much attention to detail in everything that you do with dressage, the horse has to understand you in every way. It's so intense." (horsescout.com, 13 Sep 2016) INJURIES Together with her hustband, she survived a very serious lorry crash. The lorry brakes failed and they crashed into a tree and was airlifted to hospital.The specialists thought she would never walk again and certainly never ride. Within a year she was not only riding again - but went on to win the prestigious Horse of the Year Show Working Hunter Champion 2004 with Out of Sight. (Athlete, 2018)